WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the 2018 Conservation Leadership Lecture Series, generously supported by presenting sponsor Bank of America.  All lectures and discussions will occur from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Zoo’s Tropics Café. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and zoo animal encounters from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before lecture presentations.

The Palm Beach Zoo Leadership Lecture series is in its fifth year of bringing leaders in conservation to the Palm Beach area to discuss important topics that impact wildlife and the natural world. The 2018 series includes:

Thursday, January 18th

Into the Wild: Challenges in Wildlife Filmmaking

Tom Fitz

Tom Fitz is a multiple Emmy award-winning documentary cameraman whose work has been broadcast by PBS, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, ABC, NHK, and others. His programs have also been displayed in museums and other non-broadcast venues. Tom has over 30 years of experience in natural history camera work, both topside and underwater. His shoots have taken him all over the world, from the high Canadian Arctic to Antarctica, with many locations between. In 2004, Tom began making his own films too, earning numerous awards, and in 2008 he co-founded Schoolyard Films, Inc. Schoolyard produces short natural history and environmental films for K-12 classes, accompanies them with study guides, and distributes to schools throughout the US for free, via iTunes U and PBS.

Thursday, February 15th

Conservation of the Amazon

Dr. Robert Wallace

Dr. Wallace is the Director of the Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Program in northwestern Bolivia and southeastern Peru for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Since 1999 he has led research teams on jaguars, Andean bears, Andean condors, otters, and primates, including the discovery of a new species of titi monkey. He is considered an expert in the conservation of the Amazon landscape.

Thursday, March 1st

Dr. Patricia Wright

Hope in Madagascar: Protecting an unexpected rainforest.

Dr. Patricia Wright is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and the Founder of Centre ValBio, a modern research campus in the rainforest of Madagascar. She is one of the world’s leading experts on lemurs and has studied the animals for more than 20 years. She has devoted most of her professional life to working on Madagascar and has managed to combine her research with efforts to preserve the country’s endangered forests and the many species of plants and animals they harbor.  

Thursday, April 12th

Chris Fischer

Collaborative Shark Science: Tracking Great Whites

Chris Fischer is the Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader of OCEARCH, a world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks. OCEARCH shares real-time data through OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker, inspires current and future generations of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean, and enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data. Buy tickets for this lecture here.

For more information email lectures@palmbeachzoo.org or call (561) 533-0887 ext 228.

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